Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, ca. 1930-1976
Fishback, Glen Curtis 1912-1976
Glen Fishback School of Photography
Eastman Kodak Company
27 cu. ft.: approx. 30 boxes
Fishback began his professional career in 1937 as a staff photographer for the Sacramento (California) Bee; ran a portrait and commercial studio for 17 years, with work appearing in national publications; in 1956 sold studio and worked as free-lance photographer for 5 years. In 1958, flew over the Far East with the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general on a special assignment sponsored by U.S. Camera magazine, Ansco, Rolleiflex, and the Air Force. In the 1970s Fishback and his wife established the Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento, and developed an exposure system for Pentax spotmeters. Many of his advertising clients over the years were photographic manufacturers, such as Ansco, Kodak, Kalart, Rolleiflex, etc. His pictures demonstrated the kind of photography possible with the client's products.
Fishback also wrote technical and popular articles for photographic magazines and publications.
The donor was one of Fishback's favorite models as a child. Her face appeared in many of his photographs and later on magazine covers.
Original photographic negatives, prints (black-and-white and color), and color slides and transparencies by Fishback, reflecting his career in advertising, calendar, and editorial photography; drafts of articles and correspondence by Fishback (typescripts), and incoming correspondence; copies of publications, such as magazines and annual reports, with reproductions.
Subjects of the photographs include children, sports, circuses, landscapes, industrial, female nudes and glamour, etc. Many of Fishback's nude studies were used in advertisements for photographic products as well as in magazine articles. Most of his pictures have cheerful, optimistic themes or subjects, such as his laughing daughter, Judy, posing with circus clowns, etc.
Several of Fishback's circus images were reproduced in "The Circus, 1870-1950," Noel, Daniel, ed., Taschen Books, 2008, pp. 53, 61, 62, 63, 315, 370, 388, 425, 546, and 588
Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, 1930-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Judy White